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repair bicycle reuseUPSTREAM regularly creates informational resources and delivers presentations and testimony in policy settings across the country.  We’ve posted our research and policy media, important publications by others, and more in our searchable resources database.  Please contact us if you have a resource that you would like to share with our community.  *We post content from many different sources. The opinions expressed in publications by others are not necessarily the views of our organization.

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CPSC – “How To” Fact Sheet on Adopting Local Pharma Ordinances – October 2014

California Product Stewardship Council’s Fact Sheet On How To Draft Pharmaceutical Stewardship Ordinances   Download PDF »

The American Beverage Industry and the Development of Curbside Recycling Programs, 1950–2000 – Autumn 2012

In this article, Bartow J. Elmore, a Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow in Natural
Resource Economics and Political Economy at the University of California, Berkeley, examines curbside recycling not as the quintessential model of eco-stewardship, but as a polluter-sponsored initiative that allowed corporations to expand their productive capacity without fixing fundamental flaws in their packaging technology.

He further explores the nexus of business, envirotech, and political history, and how American corporations enrolled government agencies to construct resource reclamation systems in the United States that became models for waste management programs in municipalities around the world.   Download PDF »

The Politics of Extended Producer Responsibility – 08/09/14

Matt presented to the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association on “The Politics of Extended Producer Responsibility: Moving Forward in Hard Times.” The presentation focused on the political realities behind the first two phases of EPR legislation in the United States and posited a four point strategy for moving strong EPR legislation forward in rough political times.    Download PDF »

Guide to Composting at Home – March 2014

Andrea Davis’ blog post in Improvenet.com explains how compost is an effective substitute for commercial fertilizers, and in some cases, it can also serve as a natural pesticide and barrier for some plant-based diseases. Find out how to start composting at home.  Download PDF »

CPSC: Producer Responsibility for Mattresses – 12/16/13

California Product Stewardship Council white paperProducer Responsibility for Mattresses. The paper reviews the history and existing infrastructure for mattress end-of-life management in California, the status of mattress producer responsibility in the United States, and the likely outcomes of mattress producer responsibility with the adoption of SB 254 in California and similar legislation adopted in other states. Download PDF »

CRADLE2 Packaging Platform – June 2013

The Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policy approach puts accountability for packaging waste onto the companies that design and use packaging.  Producers are required to finance the collection of their packaging materials, and ensure that they are reused or recycled.  When implemented properly, producer responsibility can substantially increase recycling rates, incentivize producers to reduce the amount of packaging they use, reduce energy use, and reclaim billions of dollars of embedded value being buried in landfills or burned in waste incinerators.  It is a cornerstone policy among a suite of policy tools to drive the more sustainable use of resources and reduction of toxic materials in commerce.

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Unintended Consequences: Municipal Solid Waste Management and the Throwaway Society – March 2005

The Municipal Solid Waste Management (MWSM) system was established a century ago to protect public health. It has been modified during the past 40 years in pursuit of public policy objectives of pollution control, resource conservation and, most recently, sustainable development. This 2005 report by Bill Sheehan and Helen Spiegelman examines the successes and failures of “integrated waste management” in reaching those public policy objectives. Download PDF »

Products, Packaging and US Greenhouse Gas Emissions – 2009

by Joshuah Stolaroff, UPSTREAM (formerly Product Policy Institute), 2009.

This seminal white paper extends the consumption-based greenhouse gas analysis by US EPA (2009) to include “outsourced carbon” impacts from producing products and packaging (or goods and servises) abroad that are consumed in the U.S.  Conclusions:  (1) Production and use of products and packaging account for the largest share, 44%, of global U.S. GHG emission impacts.  (2) To reduce GHG emissions we must reduce emissions from production and consumption of manufactured goods and food.   Download PDF »